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10 demographic trends shaping our lives | MercatorNet | May 9, 2017 |

10 demographic trends shaping our lives

| MercatorNet | May 9, 2017 |

10 demographic trends shaping our lives

Has your world changed?
Shannon Roberts | May 9 2017 | comment 

The Pew Research Centre recently announced their pick of the demographic trends currently shaping the lives of people living within the United States and around the world.  They are as follows (with links to articles in which we have recently discussed these issues in greater detail):
1) There is a significant historical shift to greater numbers of young adults living with their parents - Marcus wrote about this a few days ago.
2) Family life is changing -  For instance, just half of U.S. adults were married in 2015, down from 70% in 1950, and the “gray divorce” rate (divorces among those 50 and older) roughly doubled between 1990 and 2015.  Carolyn Moynihan wrote about these family life trends a couple of months ago.
3) The percentage of women in the workforce may have peaked - Women accounted for 46.8% of the U.S. labor force in 2015, similar to the share in the European Union. Although women comprised a much larger share of the labor force in 2015 than in 1950 (29.6%), the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected the share of women in the workforce will peak at 47.1% in 2025 before tapering off.  Carolyn Moynihan discussed issues relating to this trend last month.
4) Immigrants are driving overall workforce growth - Without immigrants, there would be an estimated 18 million fewer working-age adults in the United States in 2035 because of the dearth of U.S.-born children with U.S.-born parents.  Read this article for a more in-depth look at this trend.
5) The U.S. unauthorized immigrant population fell in 2015 to below pre-recession levels, and the share of Mexicans within this population declined. There were 11 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2015, lower than the estimated 11.3 million in 2009, the last year of the Great Recession.
6) Immigrants are driving the United States birth rate - The important role of immigrant women in driving U.S. births stems from both the growth in the foreign-born population and the fact that immigrant women have, on average, more children than U.S.-born women.  Births outside of marriage declined for immigrant women from 2008 to 2014, but remained the same for U.S.-born women.  I wrote about this in some detail here.
7) Globally, babies born to Muslim mothers will outnumber babies born to Christian mothers by 2035 – largely driven by different fertility rates.  The number of babies born to Christian mothers (223 million) far outnumbered the number of births to Muslim mothers (213 million) between 2010 and 2015. The number of births to Muslim women is projected to exceed births to Christian women by 2030-2035, with the disparity growing to 6 million by 2055-2060.  Between 2010 and 2050, the global Muslim population is projected to grow 73%, while the Christian population will grow just 35%, about the rate of overall global population growth.  Marcus recently surveyed the global Muslim population here.
8) The share of adults living in middle-income households fell in several countries in Western Europe, including Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway and Spain (as it did in the U.S.).
9) European countries received a near-record 1.2 million first-time asylum applications in 2016. Some of these applicants may have applied for asylum in multiple countries or arrived in 2015, raising the total number of applications across Europe. Germany was the most common destination country in Europe, receiving 45% of applications.  Marcus wrote about some of the effects of Europe's migrant crisis here.
10) The U.S. admitted 84,995 refugees in fiscal year 2016, the most since 1999. More than half resettled in one of just 10 states, with the largest numbers going to California and Texas. Nebraska, North Dakota and Idaho ranked near the top for the most refugees resettled per capita, with rates over two-and-a-half times the national average. And almost half (46%) of the fiscal 2016 refugees were Muslim, the highest number for any year since refugees’ self-reported religious affiliation became publicly available in 2002.
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May 9, 2017

Pope Francis visited Egypt last week, partly to encourage Christians throughout the Middle East who are struggling to stay alive, let alone prosper. In 1910 Christians were about 14 percent of the population in the Middle East; today the proportion is about 4 percent. Some people ask whether the ancient churches in the lands which formed the cradle of Christianity will vanish.
But who are the Christians there? There is a bewildering variety of traditions in both the Catholic and the Orthodox camps, as well as churches who separated from Rome long before Constantinople went its own way. In this issue, Martino Diez presents a comprehensive look at the incredible richness of Christianity in the Middle East.

Michael Cook 

Christians in the Middle East: a guide
By Martino Diez
It is not easy to navigate among the ancient Christian communities in the Middle East
Read the full article
New Swiss Guards swear to defend the Pope with their lives
By Carolyn Moynihan
After 500 years Swiss Catholic families still provide bodyguards for the Holy Father.
Read the full article
Is Trump’s executive order “religious nothingness”?
By Sheila Liaugminas
The President is disappointing supporters by his lack of clarity in relieving the burden of the HHS mandate
Read the full article
British consulates host same-sex weddings in Australia that are invalid there
By Colin Hart
They are interfering in the democratic process.
Read the full article
Exposing the dark side of egg donation
By Philippa Taylor
Does the health and well being of women count for nothing? Where are the feminists standing up for them? Where are the regulators?
Read the full article
10 demographic trends shaping our lives
By Shannon Roberts
Has your world changed?
Read the full article
From wannabe to president
By Paul Smith
How Emmanuel Macron beat Marine Le Pen to win the French election.
Read the full article
Genuine fake news is not all that dangerous
By Michael Cook
A recent survey shows that 'fake news' does not seem to sway public opinion.
Read the full article
The difference between strict and harsh parenting
By Luma Simms
The antidote to harsh parenting is not permissiveness but love.
Read the full article

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